UK Bike Theft Protest Ride
It was, I think everyone agrees, a great day out.
The reason we all gathered together is not so great. There is a bike theft crime wave happening in many big cities and in London it has reached almost epidemic levels.
We were there to send a message out to the authorities – we’ve had enough and you need to do something.
Speeches were thankfully kept to a minimum. It was the volume of bikes that did the talking. It felt like thousands, but it was probably closer to 600-700. Not bad for a day that started at around 4 degrees.
Considering there were hundreds of bikers, riding fairly close-knit, there was a minor miracle – nobody had an accident.
Hoodlum #bikelife antics were kept to a minimum. There were a few burnouts in Parliament Square and an attempt at a wheelie by a quad on the Westway, and that was it.
In fact, the nearest anyone got to a bit of naughtiness was I accidently came home with a marshall’s bib Mark, the Ace Cafe’s owner, had given me to help guide the ride.
We made it onto the local news, so hopefully the powers that be have noticed.
And if they haven’t, then the group is already talking about a repeat ride every month until policies are put in place to give bikers better protection from the bike theft gangs.
I’m pretty sure the last thing the authorities want is the chaos we managed to cause in Park Lane, Downing Street and, for an hour or so, the grid-locking of Parliament Square.
Personally, I’ll do it again and again until they act.
If you were at the ride and want a memento of the day you can download the video below, which features all but 50-60 of the riders, from Vimeo.